NASA STEM: Newton Cars -Design a Solution to a Problem
Thursday 12/03/2020
4:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades K-12

The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.

Explore NASA STEM engineering design resources to engage students in building a variety of different cars to demonstrate Newton’s Third Law.

  1. A wooden car using rubber bands to move the car with its cargo.
  2. A paper car using a balloon pump to move it along a track.
  3. A Styrofoam/Cardboard car using am inflated balloon to move it on the floor.
  4. A Styrofoam/Cardboard car using a sail and air pump to move it across the floor.

During a set of experiments, students will change the variables. They will then measure how far the car rolls in response to the action force generated. NASA Astronauts will demonstrate Newton’s Third Law on the International Space Station in a STEMonstrations video.


Susan Kohler is the current Education Professional Development Specialist at Glenn Research Center and serves the states of Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota. She has more than 25 years of progressively responsible K-12 educational leadership experience. She has served as Asst. Principal, Principal, Curriculum Director, Math/Science Consultant and Asst. Superintendent. Susan taught science for 13 years at the high school level. Her expertise in STEM and professional development is combined with her knowledge of new technology trends and innovative instructional strategies. Susan holds a Master’s in Education Administration from Bowling Green State College as well as a Bachelors degree of Science in Biological Sciences with the emphasis on Neurophysiology from Ramapo College in New Jersey.